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Summer is the perfect season for outdoor activities like barbecues and beach parties with friends and family. The hot summer temps mean we’ll be expending more energy than normal. It’s important that we eat the right foods and snacks to stay active. Let’s take a…

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With summer around the corner, the oceanside is the perfect place to hang out with family and friends. Over centuries, water has held a special place in various cultures for its life-giving properties. It has been used for spiritual, religious and healing purposes. We might…

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Music producer, songwriter and singer Marcus Bell “Bellringer” credits include top musical artists like Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj. Marcus has collaborated with Snoop Dogg, Timbaland, Gala, and many more. His songs and soundtracks are featured on television shows and in films, including singles “Boy…

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Eddie Flores has made championing for his community his life’s work. An immigrant from war-torn El Salvador, Eddie grew up in San Francisco’s Mission neighborhood. While attending Westmoor High School in Daly City, Eddie discovered his passion for volunteer work within the community and his…

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San Francisco Bay Area Love and Relationship Coach Michele Fabrega helps her clients find the connection and intimacy they desire in their relationships. Michele became a Love and Relationship Coach in 2012 and has worked with couples and individuals to rekindle or find new love….

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I had just gotten off the beautiful ballroom stage at one of my biggest events ever, where I had stood next to my amazing mentor Mary Morrissey, and spoke to more than 300 newly certified coaches about my success—when a clear thought crossed my mind:…

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Has the pandemic sidelined your workout routine, putting you on the couch and fearful of leaving your home to get exercise? You wonder, is working out worth the risk? Ease back into exercising by identifying an activity you like within your comfort level for risk…

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The unfortunate reality is that COVID-19 has severely impacted the world economy. Like many other industries facing hard times, the real estate industry also experienced an initial shock.  However, as time unfolds, the effects on the real estate industry are not what you might think….

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As a continuation of the holiday comfort foods, here is another delectable appetizer I love to serve! Roasted Vegetable Flatbread Ingredients: 1 bag store-bought pizza dough 1 medium-sized portobello mushroom 1/2 medium zucchini 7-8 sundried tomato slices 1/2 red onion sliced 1/2 yellow pepper sliced…

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Strengthening Relationships Within Your Pandemic Bubble As the holidays approach, many wonder how to make them special and meaningful given the pandemic restrictions on our ability to travel and gather together. It’s a new world, and we’re making up how we respond to it as…

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Dr. Christine Cave Uses Her Superhero Might to Help Her Patients and Wow at Figure Competitions Figure competitor and Nurse Practitioner Dr. Christine Cave is successful now, but she has experienced her share of physical setbacks and emotional traumas. As a young gymnast, she had…

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Jason Mercado Turned His Life Around Through Baking and Has Made it His Mission to Help Others Do The Same Jason Mercado, CEO of Sweet Mission, acquired his impeccable baking skills from his grandmother and by studying Food Network shows. He has now perfected several…

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The Chinese character for crisis consists of two parts: one signifies danger and the other opportunity. This is the nature of change; we respond to both aspects, danger and opportunity. There is opportunity in danger and danger in opportunity.  The path through transitions, whether our…

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Nutrition Hacks and Myths Revealed! You Asked Your Questions, We Have Your Answers. What are the best in-season fall foods for an energy boost? Aurora Valley, Atascadero, CA Given all the challenges of 2020, your health is a top priority. Let’s consider four foundational foods…

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Cooking came to Susana Torres later in life as she began to learn the power food had over her health and fitness goals. Beginning three years ago, she started educating herself on how nutrition and fitness work together. As she competed in athletic bodybuilding, she…

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A Latina born into an immigrant family, Michelle Vilchez was raised with an attitude of gratitude. She grew up serving her community, and as executive director of the Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center (PCRC), she positively impacts countless lives. PCRC facilitates communication between diverse communities in…

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As much as you love the hot summer months, fall brings comfort of its own in hot teas that promote calmness. The cooler weather puts us on the hunt for teas that feel like a warm hug. Here are some recipes to nudge you in…

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As we tiptoe our way into fall, we begin to feel the cool breeze on our faces. As refreshing as it is to the soul, our skin won’t feel the same way. Transitioning your skin care routine to prepare for the cooler weather is as…

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Getting a good night’s rest is critical to your health and wellness. If you’re tired all or most of the time, you may think it’s because you’re not logging enough hours in bed. Most of us are under the misconception that the longer we are…

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Not only do your thighs contain the biggest muscles in your body, meaning the greatest caloric burn when strengthening them, but they’re also what carry you around all day! For these reasons, we focus a lot of our workouts on building these hugely important muscles….

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This set of exercises takes your shoulders through their full range of ration, which is important to do regularly to ensure the longevity of our functional movement and to avoid injury. These movements also bring a lovely sense of openness to the front of the…

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Have you ever had a workout buddy who just seems to surpass you in the gym? Their body fat percentage never stops reducing. The numbers on the scale don’t stop shrinking. No matter how hard you try, your buddy’s results continue to keep coming. Annoying,…

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We all have lots of tasks to tackle in a day, and we only have a certain number of hours to accomplish them. Sometimes the thought of getting everything done might hinder us from being productive. Our minds become cluttered, and we don’t know which…

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Athlete and Filmmaker Tiffany Toney Found Balance Through Positive Affirmations Tiffany Toney is a modern-day Renaissance woman. After studying journalism and TV production at the University of Oklahoma, she pursued her master’s degree at Bowie State University in Maryland, where she was a three-sport athlete….

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Evelyne Keomian and Her Foundation are Transforming the Lives of Women and Children in West Africa and Beyond Growing up in abject poverty in Ivory Coast, West Africa, Evelyne Keomian knew firsthand the hardship of going hungry and being unable to attend school. Even when…

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With thousands of skin care products out there, choosing the correct product types for your skin can get complicated! This guide will help you build the proper skin care routine for your skin type. Oily skin Controlling oil production is the key to regulating oily…

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You asked – we answered! What foods can I eat to boost my immune system? Sandra Lopez • Pleasanton, CASupporting your immune system is especially important during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Picture your meal plate. Fill half of it with vegetables and fruit, the other…

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There’s nothing like a global pandemic to create the perfect storm of stress and anxiety. Because stress can significantly weaken your immune system, it’s critically important to your health and well-being to find simple ways to manage and relieve it. The following list of essential…

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Conflicting information and policies around CBD use are confusing, sometimes frightening and often frustrating. It can be difficult to discern, process and dig through the myriad of CBD marketing jargon to get to the facts. Here are some quick guidelines to help you unravel the…

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Many people nowadays are seeking alternatives to medications for mood issues such as anxiety and depression. Acupuncture is a promising option for those who are looking to treat mood issues without the side effects of medications. Acupuncture originated in China thousands of years ago and…

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Have you ever sat down to draw up a list of what you thought were “goals,” only to realize that what you really had was a list of things you felt you should be doing – not the things that give you life? I love…

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Have you ever caught yourself watching a television series and repeatedly said, “Just one more episode.” I’m guilty! Nowadays, almost any movie and TV series can be streamed directly to your devices. It seems as if we were meant to consume content in a binge-watching…

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A Natural Approach to Deodorants Using mass-market antiperspirants and deodorants may seem like a simple and innocuous thing to do to assuage your fears about the way you smell when you sweat. However, most commercial antiperspirants and deodorants are made with harmful ingredients that can…

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Let’s think about our days. They are made up of meetings, making phone calls, answering phone calls, checking voicemails, reading emails, responding to emails, texting, updating all our social media sites, attending events, blah, blah, blah. When was the last time you stopped…paused… and reflected…

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Is it about going to yoga classes, deep breathing, Pilates, smoothies or nature? Is it about how you feel in your own skin? Is it about the number on the scale or the results of your blood tests? There are so many articles about health…

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What is CBD? There are two main active ingredients in cannabis (marijuana), tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). THC is the primary active ingredient in cannabis and has psychoactive properties. CBD is the second most prevalent chemical compound and active ingredientin cannabis. CBD, unlike THC, does…

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The passion you have for your business idea and your belief in yourself are key to your growth and powering through difficult times. The following six elements will help you on your journey to achieving your entrepreneurial goals. GritI am very demanding of myself and…

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Pros and Cons of Working With Family When I was a teenager, my Realtor mom would ask me to accompany her on weekends to her open houses. In typical teenage fashion, I would reply, “No way, that’s boring!” As fate would have it, I later…

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5 Tips to Build Important Relationships For Your Business As a new business owner, you may not realize how important politics can be to the development, growth, visibility and opportunities provided to local businesses. Having connections in political circles and good relationships with local elected…

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Affirmations are one of the most powerful tools you can use to change your results, but only if you use them correctly. When used properly, affirmations retrain your subconscious mind to believe you are more like your affirmations than your old beliefs. The subconscious mind…

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Wondering what exercises to do and how often? As a fitness professional, I’m often asked this question, and unfortunately, there’s not a one-size-fits-all answer. It depends on your goals, abilities and interests. No matter what you do, make sure your activity adds up to at…

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If you’ve been with your partner for a while, it’s not unusual to fall into a rut. As a relationship coach, I love helping couples reconnect. Here are some of my best tips to spice up your relationship so you’ll both feel rejuvenated, enlivened and…

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We answer reader’s burning questions! I keep hearing the term “flexitarian.” What is the Flexitarian Diet and how does it differ from other diets? Brenda Rodriguez, Pleasanton, CA A Flexitarian Diet includes mostly plant-based foods (fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains) while allowing meat and…

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Brrr! It’s getting cold outside. Let’s heat things up from the inside. Your body may be sensitive to differences in temperature or barometric pressure. You may feel more aches when it’s cold or rainy. Here are some ways to fight off cold weather pains.  Warm-UpDon’t…

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Traditional Chinese medicine is a healing approach that originated in China many moons ago and is widely practiced today due to its vast benefits. Going back to ancient times, people used herbs for health benefits such as increasing energy, boosting the immune system, and regulating…

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As the leaves turn orange and the air cools, fall is among us. We welcome the new season after a hot summer, but our skin does not. Making the proper adjustments to your skincare routine is crucial for preventing skin damage and breakouts. Follow these…

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Acupuncture is a form of holistic Chinese medicine that has been in practice for more than 2000 years. Today, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is one of the most popular and preferred forms of holistic medical treatments. TCM uses many treatment protocols such as needles, herbal…